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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 18, 1913, Image 1

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WOULD THE MINIMUM WAGE LAW BE NEEDED
IF GIRLS WERE PAID THEIR WORTH?
THE DAY BOOR
An Adless Daily Newspaper,
N. D. Cochran, gs ,QH ' 500 South Peoria St
Editorand Publisher. gsP?' dy8 . TeL Monroe 353.
VOL 2, NO. 171
Chicago, Friday, April -18, 1913
ONE CENT
CONSPIRACY OF BIG BUSINESS TO DEFEAT
MINIMUM WAGE LAW EXPOSED
Siegel, 'Cooper & :Col in 'Lead on State Street Boston
Stbre More Afraid of Employes Organizing Than'
of iheLaw-Mail Order Houses in Plot,
'The-State ;streetmillionaires' 'now are engaged in a conspiracy of as
black and, midnight fa nature as ever Nihilist indulged in.
More so,' indeed! A-.Nihilist only plots to. blow up ;a" few czars' or grand
dukeSj.or prefects'of:poUce.1And they can-be spared: But the' State street
motia'jtesare -plotting to. desfroy.the will of the people of Illinois and to
crush down into the dust; to starve and toi drive desperate, their own em
ployes. - ' '
And. it" isn't-orily the State street millionaires, although, they are taking
the lea-. Sears,, Roebuck &;Cq.,,and jjontgome.ry Ward & Co. are in the'
conspiracy up, to .tlieir necks..
"it; is the. last stand -of Big Business against the people, the last or
ganized effort of predatory wealth to hold wages' below the. living level and
to Kep-ine.pupuc-ensiavpa, evenru
the", people pass laws to, ensure their
Qwnvfree4j)hi. .t - ".
' Among'the State street.department
scores, Siegel,.CQqper; &jcb.are.iak-"-mg
the lead in the'cpnspiracy. Their
work has. been more raw and more
mean than-eyenSears,. Roebuck &
Cohave thought of . v " , .
The -real headquarters? of Siegel,
Copper & Co.. are ih-New York. Prom
New' York.-.an. .order recentlycame
to theiqcal-store. ' r
' 'That'orderi'was.givenitheiemptoyes
of every department in tie .local-store
last,Saturday;.hight., V
' They, "wepe called "together and
tokl t,aft;0unj5.1.of; this. year I
no more 'so-called profit-sharing
coupons would be given patrons of
the store. '
The real reasdn for that order was
that New York headquarters figured
that the people of Illinois were arous-l
ed and were mighty liable to demand
the passage of a minimum wage law.'
So they .decided to make up any
hole the. payment of such a minimum
wage anight make in the swollen
profits of. Siegeh "Cooper & Co: out
; of the buying public.
1 They figured that the money saved
by not issuing the much-advertised,
"profit-sharing" coupons would pay
; any: mciase'ihthe.)ayrolI called for

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